Saturday, August 16, 2008

McCain: I Will Protect The Creative Industries From Piracy

The hits just keep on coming from John McCain in his bid for the White House. Yesterday in my quick hits I mentioned how the McCain campaign was being sued by Jackson Browne for using his music without permission. While I can think of no better theme than Browne's "Running on Empty" to describe the McCain run, what really is funny is his just released technology position statement.
John McCain Will Protect The Creative Industries From Piracy. The entertainment industry is both a vital sector of the domestic economy and among the largest U.S. exporters. While the Internet has provided tremendous opportunity for the creators of copyrighted works, including music and movies, to distribute their works around the world at low cost, it has also given rise to a global epidemic of piracy. John McCain supports efforts to crack down on piracy, both on the Internet and off.

So while McCain says he will protect intellectual property owner's rights, Think Progress documents instances where he has been busted doing just the opposite besides the aforementioned Jackson Browne lawsuit.
– Earlier this week, the McCain campaign re-cut a web ad after comedian Mike Myers’ publicist complained about the use of footage of Myers and fellow Saturday Night Live alum Dana Carvey’s Wayne’s World characters.

– Last month, the McCain campaign had to pull and re-cut a web ad after Frankie Valli’s record label, the Warner Music Group asserted its copyright claims over the use of the song “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.”

– Earlier this year, the copyright owners for the “Rocky” theme song “telephoned the McCain campaign to politely complain it was being used without permission.”

Sounds like a staunch defender of intellectual property to me, how about you?

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